Rev. Peter J. Kihm – Assignment History

Summary of Case: Peter Kihm was ordained in 1981 for the Archdiocese of New York. He assisted in parishes in Brooklyn, Fishkill, Ossining and Nyak then, beginning in 1999, was lead priest in Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck and Rhinecliff. From 1987-1992 he was an Our Lady of Lourdes High School faculty member in Poughkeepsie.

In January 2015 the archdiocese suspended Kihm, saying they had had "concerns" for several months after receiving an allegation that the priest had "committed acts of sexual abuse" against a male minor approximately 30 years previously. The allegation was found to be credible by both the archdiocese and law enforcement. At least one other person subsequently came forward alleging the same. Kihm could not be prosecuted due to New York's statute of limitations.

The archdiocese announced in March 2016 that Kihm had requested and was granted laicization, and that he had moved away from New York state.

: 1981
Laicized: 2016


Start Stop Parish & Other Assignments Town & Allegation State Position Notes


Archdiocese of New York

Archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983), followed by John Joseph O'Connor (1984-2000).

1984 St. Mary Star of the Sea New York NY 2/2

St. Mary Star of the Sea had a school with 252-220 students.


1984 1987 St. Mary's


In January 2015 the archdiocese announced that it had received a credible allegation that Kihm "committed acts of sexual abuse of a minor" male about 30 years previously.

In March 2016 the archdiocese stated that "more than one" person had come forward with allegations of abuse by Kihm 30 years previously.

NY 2/2

St. Mary's had a school with 245 students.

Kihm denied the allegations.

1987 1992 Our Lady of Lourdes High School Poughkeepsie NY faculty member Our Lady of Lourdes High School had 640-450 students.
1992 1993         Kihm is not indexed in the 1993 Directory, nor is he listed in the New York pages as at his previous or next assignments.
1993 1996 St. Ann's Ossining NY 2/2, 2/3 St. Ann's had a school with 350-359 students, and a CCD program with 360 students.
1996 1999 St. Ann's Nyak NY 3/4, 2/4 St. Ann's had a school with 70-99 students, and a CCD program with 184-204 students.


O'Connor was succeeded as New York archbishop by Edward Michael Egan (2000-2009).

2007 St. John the Baptist Poughkeepsie NY 1/1 Administrator  


Timothy Michael Dolan replaced Egan as New York archbishop (2009).

Jan. 2015 The Good Shepherd Rhinebeck NY 1/2 Good Shepherd had a CCD program with 140-153 students.
2013 Jan. 2015 St. Joseph's Rhinecliff NY 1/2 St. Joseph's was a mission of Good Shepherd in Rhinebeck.
1999 Jan. 2015 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Poughkeepsie NY 1/1, 1/3, 1/4, 1/2

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had a school with 297-160 until 2007, and a CCD program with 380-132 students.

Kihm is not indexed beyond the 2015 Directory.

The archdiocese stated that it had had "concerns" for several months before his suspension about possible past sexual abuse by Kihm. The allegations were found to be credible by both the archdiocese and law enforcement. Prosecution was not possible due to New York's statute of limitations.

Jan. 2015 March 2016 Suspended       Kihm requested laicization, which was granted as announced in March 2016. He was said to have moved away from the state of New York.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1982-2015).

Rhinebeck priest suspended after allegation of sexual abuse, By Diane Pineiro-Zucker, Daily Freeman, January 28, 2015
 Dutchess priest suspended in decades-old sexual abuse allegation, By Nina Schutzman, Poughkeepsie Journal, January 28, 2015
 Sex abuse investigation of pastor at Rhinebeck church continuing, By Paula Ann Freeman, Daily Freeman, March 14, 2015
Dutchess Priest Resigns after Sex-abuse Probe, By Nina Schutzman, Poughkeepsie Journal, March 21, 2016
Rhinebeck priest removed from ministry in wake of sexual abuse allegations, By Ariél Zangla, Daily Freeman, March 22, 2016
 NY Archdiocese Removes Hudson Valley Priest, Washington Times, March 23, 2016 

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This assignment record was last updated on April 6, 2017.


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